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CitySan FranciscoStateCA

Historical NameCongregation Emanu-El

Year Built1926
Building TypeSynagogue

AddressArguello Blvd and Lake Street

Current Namesynagogue

Name of Builder 1ArthurBrown Jr.

Name of Builder 2JohnBakewell

Name of Builder 3SylvainSchnaittacher

ListingSan Francisco Historic Landmark, 1986

DescriptionThe architecture is Levantine representing a fusion of styles of the Mediterranean based upon

Byzantine-Roman tradition. The great red cupola is suggestive of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

The black marble columns are antiques. The free standing Ark, built in London by two

California artists, is made of bronze with symbols of the twelve tribes of Israel.


BibliographyBrechin, Gray, "Prayers From the Past: Early Synagogues of San Francisco," Almost History;

(November 1990). [Temple Sherith Israel, Temple Emanu-El]

SignificanceIn 1850 Jewish pioneers formed this congregation under the leadership of Emanuel Berg, hence

its name. The congregation's two former buildings as well as this one were considered some of

the most impressive and magnificent houses of worship in this country.

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